The Council On The Status of Women has conducted a Gender Differentiated Analysis (GDA) to provide a portrait of Quebec’s family Caregivers. The document provides a statistical portrait of the realities of caregivers in the region. The unequal distribution of domestic work, parental work and family support work between women and men is marked and contributes to the maintenance of gender inequalities.
More women caregivers than men are registered in Quebec
In Quebec, a quarter of the population, about 1,67 million, claim to be close caregivers. More than 965,000 women and 710,000 men consider themselves to be in close care.
More women spend an average of more hours a week assisting a beloved one for his/her daily tasks.
They are more likely to experience negative consequences for their social and family lives resulting from these responsibilities. In addition, 42% of Women Caregivers and 35% of male caregivers also have at least one child living at home.
Thus, a large proportion of caregivers are caring for a loved one in addition to their children.
In fact, very few caregivers benefit from programs designed for them. As a result, respite services, government programs and tax credits are rarely used. In a context where the organization of health care is based on home care, the contribution of women caregivers and male caregivers is essential.
A portrait followed by an opinion
This portrait, published by the Council On The Status of Women, is accompanied by an informative microsite outlining research and a quiz to individually test the knowledge on this situation.
The statistical portrait conducted by the Council On The Status of Women on the women caregivers, which has been presented recently, will be followed, by the end of the year, by a comprehensive Council opinion on the issue of elder care, which will be sent to the Quebec government.
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